In the 1 and 6 San Francisco 49ers, losers of six straight coming off an 0-4 0ctober, the Saints face a challenge that is the first of its kind for them this season: over-confidence.
For a team that hasn't been .500 yet this year, that seems to be absurd. But the Saints are coming off their best game of the season to face a 49er team coming off its bye - a 49er team that beat the rams 28-0 in their season opener for their first, last, and only victory.
Their losses since have averaged 17 points per game - worst in the NFL. They're giving up 31 points per game - worst as well. They are 32nd against the run and have allowed a 100-yard rusher in all of their six straight losses. Tim Hightower just provided the Saints with their first last Sunday.
On offense it gets no better. Colin Kapernick is the 32nd-ranked quarterback in the league. He commands the worst passing attack in the league, which contributes little to the worst offense in the NFL. He's completing 46 percent of his passes. Drew Brees has completed 77 percent of his in each of the last two games.
Kapernick has started the last two games, given the job again while the 49ers sit two quarterbacks behind him in Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder, who were once first-round draft choices and are now ecstatic just to be drawing an NFL paycheck.
It's that bad for the 49ers. It continues to get a whole lot better for the Saints if they can make it worse in Santa Clara on Sunday.
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